SAVANNAH, GA (June 30, 2017): The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan police are gearing up for the Fourth of July holiday and ask the public to be mindful of traffic conditions in the Downtown area.

The annual firework display is set to begin at 9:30 p.m. and will be visible from River Street. Thousands of firework show spectators are expected to attend.

In anticipation of potential road delays, Metro will increase traffic and foot patrols in the Downtown festival area starting Tuesday afternoon. Officers will also patrol Hutchinson Island in greater force to assist with traffic flow, prevent bottle-necking and help move motorists safely. To ensure safety and help minimize delays, motorists are asked to be vigilant, patient and co-operative.

River Street will close to motorists on Tuesday at 6 p.m. and reopen early Wednesday morning.

All traffic and parking laws will be enforced in Downtown Savannah and Hutchinson Island. Vehicles illegally parked in the roadway, or in a manner that obstructs traffic, will be towed at the owner’s expense. Please note that parking vehicles on the Truman Parkway and Talmadge Bridge is dangerous and illegal.

Traffic is expected to be heaviest after the show ends. There are currently no planned road closures outside of River Street. Please have patience as the Downtown roads clear. Those leaving the Downtown area will have all routes available to them. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard remains the most travelled exit road and will experience the most delays. Police encourage motorists to seek alternate routes. All lanes of Whitaker, Price and Bay streets, Islands Expressway and Truman Parkway will be available. Signage will be posted to lead motorists to I-16. Motorists can find up-to-the-minute traffic information and route guidance by downloading the free mobile app, WAZE. (https://www.waze.com/)

Police recommend use of City of Savannah parking garages. Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead, expect delays and heed posted signage.

Also, please remember that the City of Savannah Curfew Law remains in effect for this event. Those 16 years of age and under must be off the streets by 11 p.m. unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Officers will be enforcing this City Ordinance.

As always, you can stay up-to-date with the latest on the Festival, road closures and other related updates by following us on Twitter @SCMPD, Facebook or our website www.scmpd.org.